"James Bond's Fashion Secrets"
...Which are not going to be so secret anymore after this post.
“Skyfall”, the latest James Bond movie, featuring Daniel Craig as main character and Javier Bardem as the bad guy, came out last weekend in movie theatres worldwide.
Since we do not want to reveal you anything about the plot and the (amazing) action scenes that are continuously presented, we focus here on what are (by many years) some of the hottest issues in a James Bond’s movie: the clothes and the accessories.
Let’s start from the first KEY item you will always find in a James Bond’s movie (and guess what: this has also been the first section we launched in our Sartorial Tips this month).
Of course, we are talking about men’s suits.
And from the pictures (and the video below) you simply have to agree with us that the suits here are AMAZING.
Tom Ford is the designated tailor (for the second time, after his entry in “Quantum of Solace” in 2008) of all Daniel Craig’s suits.
He has worked closely with “SkyFall” costume designer Jany Temime to create a range of made-to-measure tailored clothing, eveningwear, suits, shirts, knitwear and ties.
From a light-gray sharkskin look that somehow manages to be both perfectly fitted and chase scene-capable, to a midnight-blue tuxedo that you just wish it to be part of your closet, Ford has continued to update the world's best-looking spy for the 21st century.
Both looks are in the selected pictures below, together with few other looks involving the suits.
Not only you will notice (if you go and watch the movie in the next days) the great fit of the jackets and the way they perfectly seize Daniel Craig’s shape and shoulders in almost every scene, but also how impeccable they make the wearer look like even when he is required to run on top of a train or across the dusty streets of a Turkish city, and when he has to fight fierce enemies by acrobatic moves.
So, when he heads to London, he changes from a gray sharkskin suit to a dark pinstripe three-button.
Here, grey is the colour Tom Ford highlights the most with his creations. The fabrics look sheer and smooth; the cut is comfortable but also ease for the wearer’s movements.
And when he heads up to a night at a casino in Bangalore, he shows up one of the best black tie you can buy this season.
The traditional Britishness of James Bond reaches its highest.
And Tom Ford has been the master of it once again.
(P.S.: We have been told a couple of white shirts in the movie are from Savile Row tailors Turnbull and Asser (who were also the shirts' manufacturer of choice of "Casino Royale" in 2006), so we credit them here as well as part of the clean James Bond look for "Skyfall").
Another interesting piece you will spot in this movie is Barbour "X To Ki To" Beacon Heritage Sports Jacket.
An image of the article is here below. Bond wears the jacket in Scotland, where it fits well in the environment (especially together with his Anderson Wheeler double rifle and Aston Martin DB5).
The Barbour tailored sports jacket made from 6oz Sylkoil wax with the classic Barbour tarten lining. The jacket has a single welted chest pocket with two lower bellowed pockets, and two lower back poacher pockets. The jacket is part of the Beacon Heritage collection, a collaboration between Barbour and Japanese designer Tokihito Yoshida.
The production of this jacket is limited and it has sold out fast everywhere. But you can still try the official Barbour stores in London and around the world if you really want to get one...
Another outerwear item worth of consideration in the movie is a navy peacoat from US retailer Billy Reid, which Daniel Craig wears in some actions scenes (I let you guys find out where exactly in the movie, even though I give you a hint below...).
The peacoat is 100% wool and is unlined with bound seams (and funny enough, it is Made in Italy).
In the movie SkyFall (2012), James Bond (Daniel Craig) wears a blue N.Peal cashmere sweater under his Barbour jacket in the Scotland scenes.
The N.Peal cashmere sweater, round neck, color Blue Wave, product code NPG-132JB, is made from 100% Inner Mongolian cashmere.
N.Peal is based in London at 37-40 Burlington Arcade (Mayfair), but they have also a website where you can order the sweater for £219 (approx. $350).
Another interesting knitwear piece in the movie worn by James Bond (Daniel Craig) is a black John Smedley Bobby v-neck pullover, which the secret agent wears in some of the Shanghai scenes.
The sweater can be seen in the Shanghai bar (a shoot from the scene is here).
Bobby is a classic v-neck pullover, made from 30 gauge extra-fine New Zealand Merino wool. The Bobby is available on the official John Smedley website for $230 (USA) or £130 (UK) or €190 (Europe), or on Amazon.co.uk
Bond wears the John Smedley Bobby v-neck sweater together with a COS white shirt and black tie, Billy Reid jacket, Crockett & Jones Tetbury shoes, Dents gloves, and briefly his Tom Ford Marko sunglasses.
Swimwear always got a quite central role in James Bond’s movies (at least in the last three Daniel Craig’s ones - just as an example, do you remember the white and blue swimwear truck from “Casino Royale”?)
In “Skyfall, swimwear appears again. This time it is a light blue pair of swimming shorts from UK brand Orlebar Brown.
Daniel Craig wears them when he sits in a swimming pool (a scene filmed in the luxurious pool of the London Four Seasons Hotel in Canary Wharf).
The article is called Orlebar Brown Setter Sky shorts and features adjustable, engraved tabs at the sides and a zip fly with a single press stud closure. The shorts are made of a quick drying polyamide fabric. Their retail price is £125 (€145, $230) and you can find them in Orlebar Brown website.
You can see a picture of the article (and related movie scene) here below.
Almost all the shoes worn by Daniel Craig in this movie are from Crockett and Jones.
In “Skyfall”, James Bond wears no less than 4 different Crockett & Jones shoe models, the Alex (with the tuxedo), Highbury (in London), Islay (in Scotland) and Tetbury (in Turkey).
Crockett & Jones has own shops in London, Birmingham, New York, Paris and Brussels.
Here below you can find a picture of the “Highbury” plain fronted three eyelet derby shoe, and one of the “Tetbury” chukka boots (made in nubuck leather and available also in dark brown).
Prices for all shoes vary from £330 to £350.
The Tom Ford Marko TF144 sunglasses are worn by James Bond in the movie in different scenes, but they are also worn by Daniel Craig on the film set, in between shoots.
Craig was spotted with these glasses in Turkey while filming action scenes there, but the sunglasses aren't visible in the Turkey scenes in the film.
The glasses can also be spotted in on the set of the Death City scene, and the glasses are briefly worn in those moments in the film and in one other scene.
Here below an image of the article. As you can see, it is more or less always the “usual” aviator glasses style used in the previous Daniel Craig’s Bond movies. But this time, they are Tom Ford’s...
Once again, Daniel Craig wears an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean watch.
Bond wears the watch in the Turkey scenes, together with a grey Tom Ford suit, Tom Ford cufflinks and Crockett & Jones Tetbury shoes.
Currently Omega lists the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean on their website in the list of James Bond watches. This is a steel version of the Planet Ocean with a 42mm case, black dial and steel bracelet (the real version worn by Daniel Craig in the movie is in Titanium... but we are not sure yet if Omega is going to release a Titanium version for sale!!)
Anyway, here below you find an image of the article and two close-ups of it from the mentioned scene.
THE TRAINING CLOTHES
Starting from the trainers...
In the workout scenes in SkyFall (2012), James Bond (Daniel Craig) wears a pair of blue Adidas Gazelle 2 sneakers. These iconic Adidas Gazelle II sneakers are available in many colours, and in leather or suede.
The version worn by Bond is from the Spring 2011 collection, Adidas Gazelle 2 Dark Indigo with Argentina Blue stripes and White soles, suede upper on rubber soles, as pictured on the left.
Bond is dressed in an all blue outfit, with a blue shirt, blue jogging trousers, and a blue army training jacket.
The Gazelle is of the most iconic Adidas trainers ever produced: simple, soccer inspired.
The exact same sneakers as seen in the film are hard to find. You can try eBay or your local sports shoe stores. By the way, don't buy the sneakers on www . trainersadidas . co.uk, which is an unofficial and untrusted website...
In the movie SkyFall, James Bond wears an Army physical training corps PTI training jacket with an SIS insignia under the left chest pocket.
The jacket can be spotted in the teaser trailer during the interrogation scene and in the other trailers in the shooting range scene. It is not known which company made the jacket, or if it was made or adjusted by the costume designer.
PTI Training Jackets are made for the Army Physical Training Corps. PTI stands for Physical Training Instructor.
A good place to get one would be Joint Services Clothing, a British company that manufactures officially licensed clothing and delivers directly to the British Army. A similar jacket can be ordered on their website or on their eBay.com store for £27.50, and you can even have official insignia embroidered on it, although the SIS insignia as used in SkyFall is not available.
... AND FINALLY...
The last curious item of this whole collection.
The Jack DD007 Bulldog from Royal Daulton (here is a picture of the article).
The article is sold online at Wedgewood (for the “cheap” price of £50/$70!!!). If you have not seen the movie yet, we won’t tell you why this object is so emblematic. If you saw it already, well, you might be already online ordering it...
However, it cannot be a right conclusion if we do not provide you with an ensemble of all the best STYLISH moments in the “Skyfall” movie with the amazing soundtrack sung by Adele. Of course, this is not the official video of the song (as you might have already noticed) but it encompasses all the "official" STYLE moments of Daniel Craig as James Bond (and, of course, all the items we just described above).
Here below you find a video we think is the most representative of all we discussed above.
Enjoy it and leave us your comments any time...